When growing your business, it’s important to have the right people on your projects. This is why many people turn to sites like Elance to find freelancers, but if you’ve never used the site before, it may be a little tricky to learn how to use Elance to hire for your next project.
Public vs. Private post
When you first start out hiring on Elance, you won’t have a good feel for the freelancers that you want to work with, so you’ll most likely be making all of your job postings public. However, once you start to have experience working with several freelancers, Elance gives you the opportunity to make your job postings ‘private’, meaning they’ll only be visible to the freelancers that you invite to see the listing. This can help cut down applicants for your position that aren’t serious or qualified for it.
For larger projects, you may want to include milestones for your freelancer. These can be as simple as check-in points to verify the progress of the work being done or you can milestone completion linked to payments or you can simply have one milestone for the final delivery (usually on smaller projects). However you decide to incorporate milestones, Elance gives you the tools you need. You can even edit or delete milestones based on the progression of the project, though you should always communicate with your freelancer before making any changes to a milestone.
Ranking of freelancers
When searching for freelancers, it can be difficult to sift through the multitude of resources available. When searching through Elance, your results are first filtered by the relevance of the keyword entered to the candidate’s profile. Next, freelancers are ranked by their Level. Levels in Elance are how freelancers are categorized based on their activity, earnings and customer satisfaction. Higher levels indicate that someone is active and has satisfied clients. Freelancers also have a Recommend Score which indicates how likely past clients are to recommend them to others. This ranking system within Elance should help you narrow down your search and find a freelancer that is best suited for your project.
Utilizing the Watch list
While searching through Elance, you may come across candidates that you like and are highly qualified, but that aren’t quite the right fit for your posting or maybe they have the skills you know you’ll need on a future project. Either way, you can use Elance’s Watch List and add freelancers to keep an eye on these freelancers for future project. Freelancers also have the option to add your job postings to their own watch lists, so you may want to let those freelancers who you have a good relationship with put you on their watch list so they’ll be notified when you post new positions (if you choose to post public rather than privately inviting them, like mentioned above).
Elance makes it easy to find resources for your next project, but you will have to take the time to sort through resources and set up your projects. While this works out for many, some managers don’t have the time to set up job listings, sift through applicants and qualify good candidates. That’s where resources like Hubstaff Staffing comes in handy. Hubstaff takes on the work of hiring freelancers for you so you can focus on what’s important to your project.
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